Posts Tagged ‘Spotify’

Music While U Work

January 19, 2011

I love music, I listen to R&B, rap, blues, jazz, reggae, funk, Motown and soul.  I have over 60 gigs of music on my external hard drive but iTunes is the bane of my existence.  It can’t ever seem to locate my itunes folder and there are some compatibility issues with iTunes and Vista that I haven’t managed to work out.

Several months ago I downloaded Spotify.com…Wikipedia would you mind…?

…Spotify is a DRM-based music streaming service offering unlimited streaming of selected music from a range of major and independentrecord labels including SonyEMIWarner Music Group and Universal with virtually no buffering delay. The system is currently accessible using Microsoft WindowsMac OS XLinux and mobile devices such as the iPhone and those running AndroidSymbian,Windows Mobile or Palm’s HP webOS.

Music can be browsed by artist, album, record label, genre or playlist as well as by direct searches. On desktop clients a link allows the listener to purchase selected material via partner retailers. Launched in October 2008 by Swedish startup “Spotify AB”, the service has approximately ten million users as of September 15, 2010; about 650,000 of these are paying members.

Users can register either for free accounts supported by visual and radio-style advertising or for paid subscriptions without ads and with a range of extra features such as higher bitrate streams and offline access to music. A “Premium” account is required to use Spotify on mobile devices.

Spotify is currently available only in certain parts of Europe, with paid subscriptions restricted to people with credit/debit cards or PayPalaccounts registered in particular countries…

Now I can listen to Anthony Hamilton while I work.  If you’ve never heard of AH then check out this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0735xSoOxc

Another great thing about Spotify is that you can listen to it anywhere, all you need is a computer and some speakers. Unfortunately Spotify is not available in the USA as I learned this New Year’s eve in New Jersey.  I was at a party and wanted to play DJ on account of the poor music selection which consisted of Lady Ga Ga, the Gypsy Kings and ABBA…need I say more?

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